I’ve watched most people this week run into the new year and the first official work week kicking and screaming – “WAIT, I’m not ready!” 2012 is gone and 2013 is moving at a snails pace. We’re looking running into the new year!

Some of you are already trying to play catch up to what 2013 will bring. There are new plans to start, goals to write down, thoughts to process, and calendars to set. Now is a great time to press the pause button and do some strategic planning for your life.

In true preparation for 2013 (or any new year for that matter), there are some very important questions that you can ask yourself as you forge into the new year. One of the most critical elements and first steps is to create a plan.  One of my favorite verses in scripture is Luke 14: 28-30. Which shares, “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’” (The Message)

This verse and real life experience teaches us that without a plan, accomplishing what you want out of life simply won’t happen.  So, starting with and crafting a plan is essential.

In crafting your plan, there are some questions that will help guide you along the way.  Some of those questions include:

  1. What was I born to do?
  2. What is the most important lesson that I learned last year?
  3. Where do you spend your time? What needs to change?
  4. Where do you spend your money? What needs to change?
  5. Who do you need to meet?
  6. Who’s already doing what you see yourself doing?
  7. What books do you need to read this year?
  8. If there were a quote, verse, or phrase you could use to describe the kind of year that you want, what would that year be?
  9. What are the Character gaps that you want to close?
  10. What ideas have you put on hold that it is time now to act on?

These questions should start the process of you creating a plan for life and vision for how you’ll approach not just 2013, but for years to come.

Here are some additional ideas to get you rolling, on your way, and ahead of the game! Here’s to making 2013 one of the best years of your life!

Personal Development Posts By Michael Hyatt

http://michaelhyatt.com/category/personal-development

Planning Your Weekend

http://www.fastcompany.com/3004128/your-weekend-has-60-hours-heres-how-wring-most-out-them

Q&A with “Getting Things Done” Author David Allen

http://live.fastcompany.com/Event/GTD_QA_With_Getting_Things_Done_Author_David_Allen

Happy New Year!

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